The Paint Creek Joint EMS and Fire District has experienced a decline in the number of overdose calls received by the department. Paint Creek Fire Public Information Officer Brandon Jackman credited the public's recently established access to the life saving drug- Narcan.
While many may think overdose victims are seldom charged for a overdose call, Jackman says that's not always the case. While Ohio House Bill 110 does offer some protections for overdose victims, they still have some legal hoops to jump through following an overdose report. Victims must go through an assessment within a certain number of days- or face criminal charges.
Along with the saving of lives, fewer overdose calls also means less money spent by the district.